UK – USA Business Travel
- Richard Moss
When the British Airways Lounge at San Francisco Airport closed at the beginning of the year, passengers were left bouncing around other lounges in the airport. BA fliers will be excited to know that the renovations are now complete. The British Airways Lounge reopened at San Francisco on the 10th of July.
The lounge remains in the same spot in Concourse A, between gates A4 and A6, demanding 665 square metres. Hours also remain the same, therefore the lounge stays open seven days a week. This is timed to coincide perfectly with the two Heathrow departures in the afternoon and the evening. For now, the lounge is limited to the airlines first and business class passengers as well as passengers on their sister airline Iberia. Eligible OneWorld alliance elites with international lounge privileges are also welcome.
2019 is British Airways centenary year. BA are investing £6.5 billion towards an improved customer experience. As well as renovated lounges, the airline are installing quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. Not to mention, this year BA also introduced it’s Club Suite, a new business class seat with direct aisle access.
The British Airways Lounge at San Francisco is the fifth to open under the new design concept. It follows the airlines Club and First lounges in New York’s JFK, Rome and Aberdeen. Next in line will be the British Airways Lounge at Johannesburg. Geneva, Chicago and at the airline’s hub, London Heathrow will also benefit from further investments.
The renovated British Airways Lounge at San Francisco encompasses a much more modern and contemporary feel. Fantastic views of the runway are visible through floor to ceiling windows, providing plenty of natural light into the lounge. On a clear day, you can see the mountains above San Mateo county. You can view British Airways 360 degree interactive video of the lounge here.
Customers who have work to catch up on have plenty of space to choose from in a new study area with wireless printing facilities. British Airways have said 80 percent of seats across the lounge have access to power, essential for travellers to Silicon Valley. Those wishing to unwind can do so at the granite feature bar that forms the focal point of the lounge. Amongst the main seating area is a deli bar, here you can help yourselves to a wide range of hot and cold buffet options.
At the back of the lounge are doors straight to the jetway. Passengers can board their London bound flights directly from the club through these doors. Lastly, BA have curated a bespoke playlist for the lounge with the intention of setting a calm and pleasurable mood.
There are no longer separate areas for First and Business class customers. The large and open common area accommodates all. However, only BA First class ticket holders will have access to the exclusive Boutique Dining room. Here, you can enjoy fine wines and a la carte menus inspired by the world’s top chefs. This is a plush and private dining room featuring leather or velvet seats. Seating only 26 guests at any one time, the room will be a peaceful retreat for hungry First class passengers.
Entrees include mezze plates, seafood cioppino (a San Francisco creation), or ricotta rigatoni with heirloom tomatoes. Given that the Boutique Dining room is available only for BA First class, it might be the most exclusive restaurant at San Francisco airport.
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